Did you catch a glimpse of the elusive ‘earl’ over the weekend in Combe Martin? Or maybe the Hobby Horse and Fool? If not, read on to find out more

The drums rolled, the music played and the Earl of Rone met his maker as Combe Martin’s unique bank holiday tradition took to the streets this weekend.

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone will see its 50th year in 2020 and it really is a one-off village custom that defies description.

On Monday evening hundreds of ribbon bedecked villagers took to the streets accompanied by the booming of drum and the skirl of music to bring a weekend of processions to an end.

Amid the crowd was the elusive ‘earl’ himself, borne down the street backwards on a donkey and periodically ‘shot’ by his escort of grenadiers enroute.

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony GussinCombe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

The colourful cast is completed by the multi-coloured Hobby Horse and broom-wielding Fool, dancing their way along the mile-long village street.

At the seaside, the earl is cast into the sea as the sun sets amid a cacophony of drumming.

You can find out more about this rather unique custom at www.earl-of-rone.org.uk

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony GussinCombe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony GussinCombe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony GussinCombe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin